Ingrid Deuss Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Tine Guns (° Aalst, 1983). In her work, the Ghent-based artist explores human perception, the role of memory and the fragmented notion of time in the human experience.
The exhibition presents her latest series After the flood, taken at an artificial lake in Thailand. A large area of jungle was flooded by the construction of a dam. A resettlement of animals took place by helicopter to prevent them from drowning or starving on the newly created islands. By stripping down the photographs from their documentary content, they call out a kind of Science-Fiction story, linking reality - the construction of the dam in the 80's where the animals moved by helicopter - with the biblical, Western story of the Ark of Noah from our collective memory.
Despite the paradisiacal setting in which they were taken, the images evoke an intense threat. They seem to indicate that the artificial has taken the upper hand and the pure, paradise nature can only be experienced through photography and television. But more than evoking a threat, Guns seeks to process the movement of time in the still image.
In her oeuvre, the constant metamorphosis that we experience as human beings, and the inability to capture the fleeting reality, take a central place. The influence of our memory on how we perceive images result in multiple perceptions and interpretations. As she suffered from epileptic attacks and absences during her childhood and adolescence, Guns has black holes in her memory which are now filled with stories of which she’s not sure anymore, build with fragments she remembers, or thinks she remembers because they were told by others. As a result, she quickly became aware of the unreliable nature of memory, and consequently, perception, time and history are recurring themes in her work. Tine Guns’ images try to open up our linear historiographical point of view by offering new combinations.
After the flood
05.05 - 24.06.2017
Ingrid Deuss Gallery
Tine Guns (1983, Aalst) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. Her videowork was screened at festivals like Jean Rouch Festival, Next Festival, TAZ 2011, Ostralde Dresden 2016. She exhibited at Cinematek/BOZAR, Netwerk Aalst, Brakke Grond Amsterdam, among others. Her photographic work was selected for Voies Off Festival 2014, International Photography Award Emergentes DST, Encontras da Imagem, Braga 2014, BruggeFoto 2014, Salut d’Honneur de Jan Hoet, Oostende 2014, PASS 2015, TIFF 2015. She has self-published two books: Amoureux solitaire (2014), and The Diver (2014). In 2015 ‘The Diver’ was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 First Book Awards of MACK.